Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities at MIT

Thanks to the generous support of the Mellon Foundation, MIT's School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences awards two fellowships each year to promising young scholars working at the intersection of humanities disciplines, or between the humanities and other disciplines. This Fellowship is especially intended for scholars who work in more than one specialty within the humanities, or bridging from the humanities with other disciplines.

Terms of Appointment

The School of Humanities, Arts, and, Social Sciences has four departments participating in this search: Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Literature, Global Studies and Languages, Music and Theater Arts. Applicants must designate one of the four academic units in which they would like to be located. Appointments will be for two years, effective July 1, 2017. Fellows will teach one course in Spring 2018 and one per semester the following academic year, and will be in residence at MIT during this time. The salary will be $66,000 per year with standard benefits, and each Fellow will receive a research fund of $1,000 to cover travel and other costs associated with research and professional development.

Eligibility and Selection

To be eligible for the positions, applicants must have received their Ph.D. no earlier than July 1, 2014 and no later than July 1, 2017. If you have not earned your degree at the time you apply for the fellowship, we require an attached Letter of Certification from your institution's Registrar’s Office, Department of Graduate Studies, or your Department Head, to confirm that you are expected to be formally awarded your degree by July 1, 2017. Please make sure that your letter writer specifies the date of your expected conferral date. Applicants who have not been formally awarded their degree by July 1, 2017 will not be considered. Fellows may not hold other appointments throughout the duration of the Fellowship. Applicants must have received their degrees from institutions other than MIT. International scholars will be considered for the position, but fellowships are contingent upon eligibility to legally work within the United States. MIT will offer a J1 visa sponsorship if needed. The Mellon Selection Committee will announce the Fellows in April 2017.

Application date
15 Jan 2017
Date of residence
1 Jul 2017
2 years
America United States New England
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 3 years
Grants available
Award granted
€ 66.000/year